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    Jul 17, 2012 9:35 PM GMT
    Now that I have your attention. Can someone please explain to me the importance of writing a cover letter... and yes I have looked it up on google. (I'm looking for something major specific. I'm a communications/journalism major and I'm applying for an internship)
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    Jul 17, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    There's almost no point to a cover letter. In my experience, the only thing a cover letter can do is keep you from getting a job/internship by saying something that makes an employer not want to hire you. My advice is to always keep them short (three paragraphs max) and business-like. Make sure it mentions the specific job/internship that you're applying for but don't go into your qualifications. That is why you've attached your resume.
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    Jul 17, 2012 9:42 PM GMT
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    Jul 17, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidThere's almost no point to a cover letter. In my experience, the only thing a cover letter can do is keep you from getting a job/internship by saying something that makes an employer not want to hire you. My advice is to always keep them short (three paragraphs max) and business-like. Make sure it mentions the specific job/internship that you're applying for but don't go into your qualifications. That is why you've attached your resume.


    My experience is exactly the opposite.

    The cover letter lets the employer know how you would like them to read your resume. For instance, my resume doesn't obviously speak to certain skills or experiences, or my training and/or experience isn't an obvious match for... well, anything (6 years of teaching English and 3 degrees in Literature. Bah).

    But with a cover letter, I can sell the employer on my skills at their company by describing how I think my (perhaps not obviously relevant) skillset is an asset.
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    Jul 17, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    I have honestly never written a cover letter.

    Employers usually have hundreds of resumes to go through, so very few will actually bother to even read a cover letter.

    They key is to have things in your resume that "pop."
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    Jul 17, 2012 11:11 PM GMT
    CABucky saidI have honestly never written a cover letter.

    Employers usually have hundreds of resumes to go through, so very few will actually bother to even read a cover letter.

    They key is to have things in your resume that "pop."
    +1

    But I do write a cover letter for each resume, just in case it will be needed...only takes a few minutes.
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    Jul 17, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    Thanks for the responses guys. This makes the process alot easier.
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    Jul 17, 2012 11:54 PM GMT
    Large employers usually have an applicant tracking system, where resumes and cover letters are submitted online. These programs will screen for keywords in the resumes to see if you meet minimum qualifications. After that, I recruiter will eyeball your resume and cover letter.

    A resume can be rather dry, so the cover letters allow you to express something of your personality. Keep it relatively brief, display some knowledge about the company you are applying to. And specifically refer to the position.

    If you are selected for an interview, be nice to everyone you meet, including the receptionist. Recruiters will listen to their receptionist if the candidate was rude to them. And follow-up with a thank you email to everyone you interviewed with.

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    Jul 18, 2012 12:07 AM GMT
    Il_Dolce_Cranky saidSpeaking as someone who spent roughly half his working years as a headhunter----absolutely do a cover letter. Why? Because resumes show what you can do, but they don't really address what you want.

    Sell yourself. Yes, keep it short and businesslike, but the key points:

    ---why this position? (I have been successful as a regional sales manager in my current position and would bring my skills to your company. bla bla bla)

    ---why this company? (I am interested in XYZ because it holds a 32% market share in bla bla bla, which is a commanding position. . . .)

    Then you get to say, "I look forward to talk more in depth with you as soon as it can be arranged."



    And always include a shirtless pic, right????

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    Jul 18, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    Think of the cover letter as an introduction. It also gives you the opportunity to explain why you would be a good fit for the specific job you are applying for. Your resume is more generic, the cover letter brings it into focus for the organization considering you for the position.

    There is also a move away from putting objectives in the resume. This can be included in the cover letter, and again, tailored to the needs of the job.

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    Jul 18, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
    It probably meant something once, but today, it's just another useless hoop to jump through in the hopes that it just might, might make HR see you as remotely human.

    Which it won't.
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    Jul 18, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    Corvin saidNow that I have your attention. Can someone please explain to me the importance of writing a cover letter... and yes I have looked it up on google. (I'm looking for something major specific. I'm a communications/journalism major and I'm applying for an internship)


    A cover letter can better explain your abilities and goals as it relates to the particular company would like to work for. Remember to research the company and add specifics of that company and it matches previous experience. For example if you are planning on doing an internship at Mother Jones, you might add what political stories or reports you wrote. Or if you are planning on something in advertising, add anything that resembles marketing and how it will relate to the position and company.

    I hope this helps!
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    Jul 18, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    If I may:

    The cover letter should mirror the job posting (internship posting) and should exemplify your CV. Never simply repeat what is on your CV, but rather take the opportunity to build up additional knowledge, skills and abilities which may not be present on the CV.

    You should identify key words and competencies from the posting and systematically address them by showing how you have those competencies, how you make up for what you are missing, and what additional competencies you have which will compliment the ones on the posting.

    Make a list and go item by item.

    Works like a charm!
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    Jul 18, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    Il_Dolce_Cranky saidSpeaking as someone who spent roughly half his working years as a headhunter----absolutely do a cover letter. Why? Because resumes show what you can do, but they don't really address what you want.

    Sell yourself. Yes, keep it short and businesslike, but the key points:

    ---why this position? (I have been successful as a regional sales manager in my current position and would bring my skills to your company. bla bla bla)

    ---why this company? (I am interested in XYZ because it holds a 32% market share in bla bla bla, which is a commanding position. . . .)

    Then you get to say, "I look forward to talk more in depth with you as soon as it can be arranged."

    THANK you! Jeff, you are spot on!
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    Jul 18, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    Can someone tell me if I need to change a few things

    July 17, 2012



    Dear Selection Committee,


    The Collegiate Correspondent Program on USA Today College grabbed my attention because of their reputation of creating national editorial news for the interest of college students. I am interested this program because it values creativity, ideas, enthusiam and, I offer a strong academic backround and have completed course in Journalism iin news/editorial track as I approach my expected graduation date of May 2014.


    I am confident that I fit the required criteria for the Correspondent Program. I believe that my experience writing for my college newspaper and online site will demostrate my dedication and comitment to excellence. In addition to the criteria, I was recently selected to become a freelance writer for examiner.com,

    Nothing brings me more fulfilment than writing an article that informs, incites, and entertains a reader and changing their mind on certain topics.

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    Jul 18, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    Because the employer asks for one.
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    Jul 18, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    LIEV saidBecause the employer asks for one.


    Thank you Liev I think we already established that, but again thank you nonetheless
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    Jul 18, 2012 12:39 AM GMT
    Fastest hire I ever got was was when I went in for the interview and VERY confidently (not arrogantly.. huge diffrence) asked them what I could do for THEM!
    I was hired instantly.. BECAUSE I sold myself to avail THEM.
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    Jul 18, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
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    Il_Dolce_Cranky saidSpeaking as someone who spent roughly half his working years as a headhunter----absolutely do a cover letter. Why? Because resumes show what you can do, but they don't really address what you want.

    Sell yourself. Yes, keep it short and businesslike, but the key points:

    ---why this position? (I have been successful as a regional sales manager in my current position and would bring my skills to your company. bla bla bla)

    ---why this company? (I am interested in XYZ because it holds a 32% market share in bla bla bla, which is a commanding position. . . .)

    Then you get to say, "I look forward to talk more in depth with you as soon as it can be arranged."



    And always include a shirtless pic, right????

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    Nude.

    Edit: Actually, the "basic four"...full body front, full body back, full body side, headshot.
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    Jul 18, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
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    Cash said
    Il_Dolce_Cranky saidSpeaking as someone who spent roughly half his working years as a headhunter----absolutely do a cover letter. Why? Because resumes show what you can do, but they don't really address what you want.

    Sell yourself. Yes, keep it short and businesslike, but the key points:

    ---why this position? (I have been successful as a regional sales manager in my current position and would bring my skills to your company. bla bla bla)

    ---why this company? (I am interested in XYZ because it holds a 32% market share in bla bla bla, which is a commanding position. . . .)

    Then you get to say, "I look forward to talk more in depth with you as soon as it can be arranged."



    And always include a shirtless pic, right????

    icon_confused.gif
    Nude.

    Edit: Actually, the "basic four"...full body front, full body back, full body side, headshot.
    Both 'heads'?
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    Jul 18, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    Of course you need a cover letter. Resumes are inevitably generic. But a cover letter gives you a way to show that you've researched the position and the company, that your skills meet their needs, and most important, that you have the writing ability to express all this in a few very short paragraphs.
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    Jul 18, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    July 17, 2012



    Dear Selection Committee,


    The Collegiate Correspondent Program on USA Today College grabbed my attention due to their reputation of creating national editorial news for the interest of college students. I am keenly interested in this program as a result of their values, creativity, ideas, and enthusiasm. I offer a strong academic background and have completed course in Journalism in news/editorial track as I approach my expected graduation date of May 2014.


    I am confident that my qualification presently fit the required criteria for the Correspondent Program. I am confident that my experience writing for my college newspaper and online site will demonstrate my dedication, commitment, interest in excellence. Furthermore, I was recently selected to become a freelance writer for examiner.com.

    Nothing brings me more fulfilment than writing an article that informs, incites, and entertains a readers. My aim as a journalist student is to give my readers an holistic perspective and I am confident that your establishment will give me the experience to demonstrated this.


    Employers want to see some one that is confident--someone that is refreshing, hence you do not want to use believe. I tried to correct some of the more obvious mistakes that I noticed.
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    Jul 18, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    O5vx saidJuly 17, 2012


    Employers want to see some one that is confident--someone that is refreshing, hence you do not want to use believe. I tried to correct some of the more obvious mistakes that I noticed.


    Thank you very much
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    Jul 18, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    Communications and/or journalism sounds like a field where demonstrating your skills communicating through writing would be a factor in hiring decisions.

    As a man who hires people in the education field, I spend more time on an applicant who includes a cover letter...resumes look all the same and are booooooooring so a cover letter jogs my attention after looking at many many many resumes.

    www.vault.com has some good samples.
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    Jul 18, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
    Jewlicious saidI came here hoping to see sexy men in suits icon_cry.gif


    lol me too